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Approval Granted for Major York PBSA Scheme

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Approval has been granted for a large purpose-built student accommodation scheme in York.

The plans, which were previously rejected and subsequently revised, have now been approved by the City of York Council.

Local property developers, S Harrison, are the company behind the plans.

The development will see 303 units constructed over 3-5 storeys and will take the place of the former Alton Cars located on James Street in York.

Previously rejected due to claims it was an 'over development' of the site, the revised plans will see a reduction in the number of flats as well as providing a pocket park.

Gavin Douglas, of S Harrison, commented: "It's a positive outcome that will help address the huge demand for student accommodation in the city, of which there is a chronic shortage. We look forward to delivering the scheme soon."

He continued: "Our design will also deliver much-needed public open space in this area of the city, with more than 200m2 of green space. "The pocket park will be a great addition to this part of York and will be a usable outside space for all. The South facing park will benefit from natural sunlight and will be an attractive visual addition to the streetscape on Lawrence Street - a primary route into the city."

The James Street scheme will comprise 231 mixed cluster bedrooms of up to eight alongside 72 studio rooms.

As well as the small pocket park, infrastructure improvements for cyclists are due to be carried out on James Street.

Gavin added: "Our work will improve safety for all cyclists and pedestrians in the area, whilst also slowing traffic at the approach to the junctions from both sides - something that highways officers have welcomed."

"Schemes like this not only regenerate and deliver a viable new future for a redundant site, but they bring added value to the local community by investing in the local infrastructure. Students provide a massive boost to the economy of this city, supporting jobs and creating a vibrant community."

"Specifically designed for the booming student sector in York, these new, modern, energy efficient spaces are within close proximity of the universities and an ideal home for students wanting to live in this popular part of the city."